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              September 2014 Report

SM: Charles Hardy, WV8CH; ASM: K8WV; ACC: N8NH;

  Please come out and support your Amateur Radio counsel. All WV AMATEURS are members of the WVSARC – come to the meeting and support the ARRL WV Convention. 

ALL AMATEUR RADIO OPERATORS CAN KEEP UP TO DATE on activities and actions in the amateur community, visit .  Lots of drop boxes – enjoy surfing and searching the site.  Support ARRL in WV – join.

  Many of you have worked very hard to keep your clubs active and assisted during severe weather events, and of course, participated in the Hamfests throughout the years.  Give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done.


WV AMATEUR RADIO CLUBs –Thanks to the several clubs for updating the WVSARC Club list.   Should you have an Amateur Radio Club you would like to list, just visit and click on the Add or Edit your Club Link
Charles Hardy, WV8CH, ARRL WV STM, Net Manager for the WV ARES®/RACES Emergency Net will be accepting volunteers for the 2015 monthly Net Control positions – The Net Control position would take about ½ hour one evening a month (1st  Thursday following the 6:00 PM WV Fone Net on 3810). Should you be interested in becoming a Net Control, contact 
Dan Ringer, K8WV, ARRL WV Section ASM:
Should you have a question related to amateur radio and ARRL, just contact Dan at

Keith Richmond, W8KER, ARRL WV Section OOC:
WV OO August activity – Three (3) OO’s reporting and a total of 112 hours monitoring and no (0) notices sent. If you are Interested in becoming an OO you may contact Keith at

Bill Hunter, K8BS, ARRL WV Section SGL:
State Government Liaison providing support with the State OES.


Dirk Burnside, WD8PAD, ARRL WV STM:
Should you have a technical problem, just contact Dirk for assistance at
ARRL ACTIVITIES: The ARRL letter will be posted each Friday.
ARRL Letter  also available on Audio News 
W1AW General, DX, Keplerian, Propagation Bulletins
W1AW   Schedule
Visit the  website for ARES® and related information.
FEMA online independent study course that presents the concepts of Emergency
Support Function #2-Communications Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation
Database – Is your MAILING ADDRESS AND NAME current in the FCC database

There seems to be an influx of new “Hams and Upgrades”, see lists below.  Please try to Elmer and support those new to the “hobby”.

WV NEW AMATEURS for September 2014 "Welcome To " Joshua A Nelson, KD8ZMY; Timothy J Hedstrom, KD8ZKX; Joshua A Hobbs, KD8ZMQ; John T Exline, KD8ZMK; Michael L Dehaan, KD8ZMV; Elizabeth A Dehaan, KD8ZMW; David G Watkins, KD8ZMU; James D Mcgahon, KD8ZKB; Charles B Hobbs, KD8ZMP; Robert W Bailey, KD8ZMI; Kevin E Link, KD8ZMO; and  Theresa L Hinkle, KD8ZMB.

 WV Amateur Upgrades for September 2014 "CONGRATULATIONS TO" James R Blevins, KD8WTL; Thomas G Raines, KD8YMN; and Curtis R Wood, KD8VMG.

Be sure to Congratulate them the next time you see them or hear them on the air. 

WV ARRL MEMBER (New/Renew) –September 2014 – “WELCOME TO" Luke E Lassiter, AC8LJ; John D Shirley, KD8MVR; Leslie D Lauder, KD8DEI; Randy R Nagy, AB8JP; John M Lentz; David L Morris, WD8NSC; 
Logan T McCartney; and Lawrence E McCartney, KC8QVS. 


Matt Gregg,KD8OMT ARRL WV Section Emergency Coordinator: September 2014 Report See ARES® Reports below. Interested in public service and emergency communications, join the ARRL and subscribe to the ARES® E-Letter at and for NON-members

Total number of ARES members: 86   Change since last month:

Number of drills, tests and training sessions reported this month: 25  Person hours  82

Number of public service events reported this month: 2   Person hours 204

Number of emergency operations reported this month: 0  Person hours 0

Number of ARES operations reported this Month:  27  Total Person hours  286

WV SEC Matt Gregg  I have sent out emails to the folks who hold the Emergency Coordinator spot that has not sent in reports in some time. I am giving folks a few days to report back to me. If I don't hear back from them via email or phone call I will send letter via USPS to them to get them reporting. We have several openings in the state for Emergency Coordinators and I am looking for volunteers for those counties.

  • Mason County – Furthered work with UHF repeater. Should be ready to put on the air in Oct / Nov of this year. Worked on getting more members. At the last meeting talked about Go-Kits and how they are needed but not everyone's would be the same. Working on getting grants/donations.
  • Marshall County- P.A/ N.B.E.M.S. with Western Pa. Every Sunday for the Month of September. N.Y. / N.B.E.M.S. Every Saturday. Marshall County A.R.E.S. Repeater System. 146.715 Moundsville, 146.910 McMechen 444.875 St. Joseph. We now have a (3) repeater systems, I am looking forward to adding a fourth repeater, another 440 unit. The addition of the 146.910 repeater is an asset, Do to its coverage area for both Marshall and Ohio County ARES.
  • Morgan County: Nothing to Report. Still having troubles with the Website to submit report.
  • Wood County - Terry Mills, KC8TUE, EC Wood County reported that on September 2nd, WCEC and Wood County ARES held their monthly business meeting at Lubeck Civic Center. The meeting was called to order at 7pm. The business portion was dispatched and reports given on the on the Parkersburg Homecoming, the Parkersburg Half Marathon, and the ARRL State Convention in Jackson Mills. Assignments were also finalized for the upcoming Chic-Fil-A Cross Country Invitational at Mineral Wells on September 6th. The Parkersburg Ham fest on October 11th is a go this year, and it will still be the same location. The prizes are in hand and Terry says we are looking forward to seeing everyone there. He said to check out the WCEC website at: for more info. There were 21 ARES members present at the meeting. On September 6th, WCEC and WC ARES provided safety and logistics communications for the Chic-Fil-A Invitational Cross Country Foot Races at the 4H grounds in Mineral Wells, WV.  Almost 1600 students from 43 schools in 3 states competed in 12 races from Elementary grades thru High School. The Weather made it interesting due to heat related problems but nothing serious occurred. There were 9 ARES members present. On September 16th, WCEC and WC ARES provided communications for the Wood/Washington County Cross Country races. Still held at the 4H grounds these races started at 5pm. There were only 4 races and consisted of about 300 students. There were several medical issues but thankfully none resulting in transport. There were 9 Members present. On September 20th,
    WCEC and WC ARES held a one day Technician Amateur Radio class at the MOV Health Department in Parkersburg. There were only two people at the class. There are now two more Amateurs in Wood County, Michael Long, KD8ZNN, and Jonathan Cunningham, KD8ZNO. On September 26th, 27th, and 28th, WCEC and EC ARES held their final BINGO fundraiser of the year at Mountwood Park during the Volcano Days Festival. It’s a small game but a lot of fun and quite different from the bustle of the other games. The weather was great and the record crowd was out in force. Don’t forget about the Parkersburg Ham fest on October 11 at the 4H grounds at Mineral Wells. Doors open at 6am for venders and general public at 8AM. Door Prizes, W5YI VE testing, breakfast, lunch, and other goodies will be available. Free coffee all day. Stop in and visit.
    Pleasants County & DEC District 3 - reported that along with all of the activities that Terry, KC8TUE reported, that on September 10th, he attended the Washington County, Ohio, LEPC Meeting.
    Ken has been asked to give a presentation of Amateur Radio at the Washington County December LEPC Meeting.
  • Pleasants County - Ken Harris, WA8LLM, DEC District 3, reported that along with all of the activities that Terry, KC8TUE reported, that on September 10th, he attended the Washington County, Ohio, LEPC Meeting.
    Ken has been asked to give a presentation of Amateur Radio at the Washington County December LEPC Meeting.
  • Jefferson County: Weekly Net held on 147.255 Repeater. Monthly Net check-ins at the Jefferson County EOC to check equipment. WV FONE net and ARES net were contacted. Eastern Panhandle ARES net was also contacted and the Jefferson County Memorial Hospital ARES Station was contacted from the EOC. Jefferson County Medical Center ARES MOU exercised: The hospital has existing Amateur Radio equipment in the form of 2 hand held radios. They have expressed an interest in expanding their capabilities. A competition was held of the Opequon Radio Society to submit an economical station which would meet ARES communication needs. A suggestion was voted upon by the society and submitted to the Hospital. They are pursuing funding at this time. Jefferson County ARES has been invited to attend the WV Hospital Associations, Mid-term planning Meeting to be held on October 1st in Romney, WV. On Wednesday 9/10, Jefferson County EOC held a training session on the new equipment and resources available to the EOC and county. ARES was represented at this
    training. Red Cross ARES MOU exercised : On Thursday 9/11, the WV Red Cross held a cross training and social hour at the Jefferson County Office. ARES was represented.
    On Saturday 9/13, Boy Scouts of the Shenandoah Valley held their annual fund raiser known as the Valley Rally Bike Ride. Members of the Opequon Radio Society & ARES from both Berkeley and Jefferson County provided communication and SAG support for the event as they have for the past four years.
    On Saturday 9/20 WV Dept. of Homeland Security, District III held a Cold as Ice exercise Jefferson County ARES had resources at the EOC, the Health Dept. field exercise location, as well as the Hospital Location. Capabilities being tested included EOC Activation, Public Information, communications failure, Hospital Decontamination, & Mass Care among others. The Health Dept. offered real Flu Shots in a drive thru clinic as a part of the exercise.
    Opequon Radio Society held a testing session for new Amateur Radio Operators.
  • Brooke County: Nothing to report. 
  • Barbour County: Nothing new to report, might be providing communications for an upcoming parade.
  • Hancock County- Nothing new to report.
  • Raleigh County- Nothing to report. 
  • Tucker County – Good meeting , lots of folks taking part in local nets.
  • Gilmer County & DEC 4 – Numbers have been low on the nets lately.


Charles Hardy, WV8CH, ARRL WV STM: September 2014 
See the ARRL WV Section NTS Net Reports, the Station Activity Reports (SAR) and the Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) reports below. 

HF Nets Reporting Stations Traffic Time Minutes Sessions Net Manager 

WV Fone Net            635        103       617               30        W8YS                          WV Midday Net        481           41       407              30        W3GEG     WVCW Net Early       68           15       194               27        KD8G                                  WV CW Net Late       45           30       160               30        KD8G                           WV ARES®                9              0         13                 1        WV8CH             Total                1238       152       1391           118

 ARES®2 Meter Nets          Stations  Traffic Time Minute Sessions                District 6 ARES®                    48            1           40                 4                                                 Total                                       48             1          40                 4

2 Meter Nets               Stations Traffic TimeMinutes sessions         

BDARC  Net                       86        1             204            9                                          KARC Net                           21        0               50            4     

                  Total                107       1            254           13          

               Station Activity Report  (SAR) –September 2014 

Station           Orig   Rec   Sent    Del  Total                                                 KA8ZGY         28     11      27       12      78                                                   W8CPG           4      18       4         0       26                                                        W8YS              0      61      21        0       82                                                      WV8CH           2    102      25       11    140

Total:             34     192     77       23    326                                


                  Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) -July 2014

Station                       1       2       3       4       5       6       Total                  KA8ZGY                 28     40      20      20     0      10       118      KC4YGB                 25      0        0      28    23        0        76  W8CPG                  40     26      30       0       0       0         96                   WV8CH                  40     40      30     20       0      10      140                         Stations  = 4         133   106      80     68     23     20       430  ====================================================
Jeff Wood, N8NH, ARRL WV Section ACC
If you have any questions about clubs in your area please feel free to contact me at   73  Jeffrey Woods N8NH.
ARRL Affiliated Clubs –
Visit the ARRL Club site www.arrl/org
 to update your clubs ANNUAL REPORT.

ARRL Affiliated Clubs – Visit the ARRL Club site to update or

WV Clubs - Visit the ARRL Club site to become an ARRL Affiliated Club. 
ARRL VE Testing – Visit the ARRL Exams site for testing


***Please visit the West Virginia State Amateur Radio Council (WVSARC)
website at  and update your
club/organization information and email address.    All WV Amateur Clubs
 are asked to register on the site...
*** Check out the above list of “New”, Upgrade WV Amateurs and ARRL
members for your club to contact as perspective members.
*** WV Club Newsletters – Does your club have a newsletter – please
send hardcopy or by email.

Should you need an update to the listing below, contact:

64 Repeater Group     Dwight D. Hensley, N8HZ, Barboursville, WV

Barbour County Area Amateur Radio Club

Black Diamond ARC /wv8bd/

Charleston Ham fest and Computer Show

Doddridge County Amateur Radio Society

East River Radio Club

Eastern Panhandle ARC

Jackson County ARC

Jefferson County Amateur Radio Club

Kanawha Amateur Radio Club

Logan County ARC 

Mon County Amateur Radio Club 

Monongalia Wireless Assn.

Mountain State Transmitters     Jeffrey A. Broschart, KC8OBS

Mountaineer ARA (contract Joe Radcliff, WD8EOG)

Opequon Radio Society

Parkersburg Amateur Radio Klub

Plateau Amateur Radio Assn

Ritchie Amateur Group

Southern WV ARA, Inc

Stonewall Jackson ARA

Tri-County Ham Radio Club 

Tri-State Amateur Radio Assn.  

West Virginia Amateur Radio

West Virginia DX Assn.                            

West Virginia University ARC

WV State Amateur Radio Council

WV Wesley College ARC


WV HF Nets Name                 Day(s)   Time (local)   Freq. (MHz)    Mgr.

West Virginia CW Early Net    Daily        1900              3.567          KD8G

West Virginia Fone Net              Daily     1800              3.810          W8YS

West Virginia CW Late Net     Daily         2200             3.567          KD8G

WV ARES/RACES Emg.Net  1stThurs .   1830            3.810       WV8CH

West Virginia Mid Day Net      Daily        1145     7.235 / 3.810      W3GEG

Triple States ARES CW Net     Wed.        1846            28.480         KF8RL

TSARC 10 meter Phone Net     Wed.        1930            28.480        N8FQN

TSARC 40 meter Net                Wed.        2000             7.260         K8UGO


WV VHF Nets    Day(s)  Time       Freq. (MHz)        Coverage         Mgr.

8 Rivers ARC      Tu       2100    145.110 T107.2   Pocah. Co. +   KC8CSE

BDARC             Fr/Tu    2100      145.370 T 100.0 Raleigh Co. +  kb8que 

Barbour Co ARES  Th   2100    145.140-           Barbour Co.     KC8MLK

Cabell Co ARES    M       2030  146.760-/443.850 Hunt/KY/OH   KB8LSR

Eastern Pan.Trfi M-F     1845     147.255+    Morg/Berk/Jeff.Co. KB8NDS

Fayette Co. ARES®  2,4 Th  2030     146.790-   Fayette.Co +     WV8CH

Gilmer Co.  ARES®     Th       1900     145.290-   Central WV      KA8ZXP

Harrison Co. ARES®  Th       1900     146.685- North Central WV      WJ8G

Jefferson Co ARES®  Su    2030     147.255+        Jefferson Co.

KARC 2mtr        Su       2030    145.350-      Kanawha Co. +       N8TMW

MountainStateFM  Sat   2100   145.370        Tucker Co./adj.      KD8HJN

Northern WV ARES®  W      2030     145.300-      Northern WV         KB8QIR

Ohio Co ARES®   Su      2000     146.760-       Ohio Co.                KC8CR

Pendleton Co ARES®/R Th   1900      147.285+   Eastern WV      N8HON

PioneerARA2mtr T      1900      146.835-      Central WV         KB8EUN

PlateauARA2mtr  Su    2100     146.790-       Fayette.Co +       WV8CH

Steuben.Weirton   Su    2000     147.060+    North WV/E OH     W8DYF

SWJARC 2mtr     T      1900      147.210+    North Central WV N8FMD

TSARC News Net F     2000      146.910-     North. Panhdl.          K8AN

TSARC Skywarn  T     1915      146.910-     North. Panhdl     WD8PQG

Tyler Co ARES® Org. M    2100      147.360+    Tyler Co. +     KB8TIV

Wayne Co ARES  M    2100      147.390+    Louisa,KY/WV   KC8ICK

WV East Reg ARES®S M   2000       147.255+  Morg/Berk/Jeff.Co. K8WXI

Michael Erwin, KD8MRU, ARRL WV Section PIC:
Please contact Michael at  should you have questions related to Public Information processes and/or  advertising upcoming events.



 ARRL West Virginia Section
Section Manager: Mr. Charles L Hardy Jr, WV8CH


West Virginia Officials